From Zilch to Zillions: The Step-by-Step Blueprint for Turning Your Business into a Raging Success

From Zilch to Zillions: A Step-by-Step Plan for Starting a Raging Success (Blueprint)Starting a Business? Or Don’t Know Where to Start?

I know, being a first-time entrepreneur (even calling yourself that in the beginning can sound weeeeeeeird, can’t it? but you are – I promise) can be overwhelming.

What should you focus on first?

What’s the successful entrepreneur ‘map’ you should follow?

Can someone just hand over a list of to-do’s that you can check off that’ll get you from making little to zilch to comfy cushion of mega dollars in the bank?

I know I was desperate for such a blueprint when I was first starting out.

And though I can’t promise that these steps will equal success for you, I think they might be a good place to start.

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Blueprint for Becoming a Successful Business Owner… starting from zilch

STEP ONE: Figure Out What Business You’re In

If you truly are starting from zilch, you’ll have to start with the idea and who you want to serve.

How do you figure that out? There’s no better resource than Ramit Sethi’s Idea Generator Kit which you can grab here: http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/insiders-kit/find-a-profitable-idea/

Ramit walks you through not only how to do an inventory of your skill set but how to slash that list down into skills that will serve a profitable market. Translation? Ca-ching.

STEP TWO: Get Your First Clients

Before we can call this thing a business, you can need to grab yourself a client or two or three so you can test drive this whole business concept and figure out if this is something people are actually going to pay for and that you’re actually going to enjoy doing.

How do you find these first clients you ask?

STEP THREE: Be Awesome at Serving Those Clients

How can you be awesome at serving your first clients?

But make sure you don’t… use a one-size fits all approach.

So you can…

STEP FOUR A: Get Repeat Business

Did you know that it costs 6–7 times more to acquire a new customer than retain an existing one? According to Bain and Company.

Click to tweet that: Did you know that it costs 6–7 times more to acquire a new customer than retain an existing one? http://bit.ly/1kUww3r via @lizlockard

To help get more business from the same customer,

and/or

STEP FOUR B: Get Referral Business

To help get referrals from happy customers,

But then what?

What Next?

The 4 Step Business Blueprint Plan

Once you have yourself up and running, you might find it useful to…

What About You?

What advice would you give to the newbie entrepreneur? What do you think is a must first step to take in your entrepreneur journey? Anything you’d add to this list?

Are you just starting out? Did you find this post useful?

Let me know in the comments!

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3 Responses so far.

  1. Siobhan Barnes says:

    What a fantastic post with soooo many helpful tips. Just what I was looking for! Thank you so much for this Liz :) xoxo

  2. Liz, great post. Super informative!

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